This meeting started with a few members absent. Board President Leisa McElreath and Board attorney Jeff Jernigan were absent. Board Vice-President Teresa Whitman was our Master of Ceremony, yes it’s always a show……. Today there were some extra visitors at the Board meeting. I want to give a shot out to the Staff and Students from Hinds CC Utica Campus and Staff from Blue Cliff College Gulfport! It was a pleasure meeting them…. The following was the highlights of this meeting:
Ms. Angela Kitchens from the MS State Department of Education (Office of Career and Technical Programs) was on the agenda to speak with the Board….. This is the office that oversees the Cosmetology Programs that are currently being taught in 3 of the High Schools in the state which is Tunica, Clarksdale, and the most famous of all is the CDC program in Jackson…. Ms. Kitchens started her conversation with the Board in asking them to partner with her to improve the enrollment, retention rate, and the licensure rate for these three programs. Vice-President Teresa Whitman was all smiles and eagerly listening to Ms. Kitchens spill… I just could not take it…. I had clear my throat and under my breath state “CDC is the program that does not have test books for their students!!!!!”…… Bottom line is that these programs are a joke we.. “our tax dollars” …spend good money funding these programs that have “0” completion rates… And the sad thing is that these young individuals would have probably taken the Cosmetology program once they graduated High School but now due to the little to nothing education they get about Cosmetology in these High School programs they just drop by the way side…. Ms. Kitchen did tell the Board that she could not make the schools follow the Boards rules and regulations however she would greatly appreciate it if the Board would take the proper actions to ensure that these schools were made to come in compliance with the Boards rules and regulations…… Hello, could she have slapped the Board any harder in their face???? This lady made an appointment with the Board to ask them to do THEIR job!!!!!
School Workshop/Seminar will be held Sunday January 25, 2015. All schools will be receiving a Save The Date invitation letting you know about this upcoming event….. THIS WILL NOT BE ABOUT THE NEW TESTING!!!!!!!! Executive Director Cynthia Johnson stated that this workshop will be about Board office policy and procedures and rules and regulations of the Board. This workshop is for those schools who do not know the who, what, when, where and why about the paperwork that needs to be sent to the Board office….. Apparently there are a lot of schools out there that are having problems with sending the proper documentations into the Board office which is causing a lot of problems….
I expressed to the Board that everyone is wanting to know about our new testing but was quickly SHUT DOWN by Executive Director Cynthia Johnson… She stated that any information that would be given out about the testing would come from “PCS” NOT the Board and “PCS” has not given them a date as to when that would happen…. ONCE AGAIN THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE ABOUT THE NEW TESTING!!!!!!! I will keep you posted on that meeting as soon as I find out a date…..
Executive Director Cynthia Johnson stated that the Contract with “PCS” was signed 12-10-14.. However, there is still going to be some time before that contact will be executed… Basically we are now in the hands of PCS and everything for this point will go through PCS…. This was also made clear when Ms. Gina Quinn from Blue Cliff College, asked the Board if it was true that there was only going to be one test site and Kay Whitman replied I don’t know that would be up to the testing company……. Executive Director Cynthia Johnson also stated that the contract is on the Web for all of us to see at www.transparency.ms.gov but I could not find it. Under the Cosmetology Board Agency there is 36 contracts listed but none are with Pearson Vue or PCS… Just another smoke screen…..
This is my last blog for 2014…. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years and together we are going to make 2015 a much better year for our INDUSTRY….